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The “partner” panel is altogether more exciting. Design wise it splits into two sections. To the left there are a pair of Hoopoes looking away from each other and between the initials “T” and “A”. According to the Bestiary, the Hoopoe, whilst it was a “horrid” bird due to its habit of feeding on dung hills, the young birds in fact took great care of their parents so they drew the comparison to the bible “God commanded that men should honour father and mother”. The right hand half has a leaf with a beast’s head facing a snail. In Medieval times, snails were associated with greed and avarice, or with cowardice. The end section has a bird, possibly meant to depict a Dove, facing a naked human figure with hands clasped. This section is seven centimetres wider than its partner piece from which one can infer that it was probably located in a more prominent and differently proportioned part of the screen.
This panel has been cut and rejoined at the centre and has a metal strip along the top. They both have side framing presumably to make them both the same width.
|Height||77.00 cm||(30.31 inches)|
|Width||18.00 cm||(7.09 inches)|
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